Christmas – Log, balls and fir trees
published on 25/11/2016, dans Sezz Paris
Golden streamers, multi-coloured garlands, white cotton snow: the windows of Paris are already decorated for the festive season. While children dream in front of the toy shop displays, gourmets don’t know which way to turn as patisserie wonders vie for their attention. And, since a choice is always necessary, Hotel Sezz Paris is delighted to offer you its splendid selection of Christmas logs - although, today the term ‘logs’ isn’t exactly accurate. The concept remains but the form has evolved in tandem with the designer’s imagination.
Ball or log?
For 2016, the Christmas ball or boule seems to have replaced the traditional log in the affections of the confectioners. However, before we get into descriptions of these gourmet treats, a short reminder of the history – or at least the legend – of the Christmas ball. Back in the 1850s, it’s said that a German artisan glassmaker – shortly followed by a glassmaker from Moselle – had the inspired idea of replacing the apples that were traditionally hung on pine trees with hand-blown glass balls. And so, the Christmas ball was born!
A spherical theme
Tribute or momentary trend? We don’t know but, whatever the reason, our pastry chefs have opted for a spherical theme this year. Carette enchants the eyes and taste buds with the Snowball; an exquisite chocolate creation covered in coconut, and appropriately garnished with macaroons – the house specialty. A truly original design, Pierre Marcolini’s Christmas Sphere represents the belly of Santa Claus. This headless wonder stands on top of three well-filled drawers on its own two legs! For the seasonal celebrations, Arnaud Delmontel has enveloped his delicious macaroons in pretty, transparent Christmas balls to create the ultimate gourmet decoration. As for Patrick Roger, the indefatigable chocolate sculptor stays true to his love of animals with a whimsically rotund reindeer emerging from a forest of chocolate fir trees with caramelised almonds. Enough to make us forget all about logs, these fabulous creations will be the highlight of any Christmas party.
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